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Hi, I am a 56 year old that is learning to cope with empty nest syndrome. I have several health issues that I have been dealing with. My doctor's keep telling me that if I loose weight that I will feel better. I know that is true. My biggest problem is that I have an addictive personality and when I get a taste of my favorite foods, I don't seem to know when to quit.

Member Since: 8/28/2012

Fitness Minutes: 4,113

My Goals:
1. To find peace within myself.
2. To practice self control.
3. To loose at least 1-2 lbs per week.
4. To regulate my sleep schedule.
5. To do at least 10 minutes worth of exercise each day.

My Program:
My program starts with giving all glory to God! In order for me to live a Godly life I must abandon all gluttony and work on self control. I need to realize that I am powerless but God can work through me. I am basically just watching my caloric intake, watching my portions, drinking my water, and trying to exercise every day.

Personal Information:
I was raised an Army brat and moved so many times when I was growing up that I don't know where to call home. Currently I am in Michigan and don't plan on going anywhere soon.

I have a 18 year old daughter and a 20 year old son that is currently living with his girlfriend and expecting my 2nd grandchild in July. I also have a 32 year old son in ND along with my beautiful granddaughters. Then last but not least is my oldest son at 34 years old who lives in Fairbanks, AK and is going to college.

My mom lives close to me and she is my best friend. Unfortunately she is in Florida during the winter months. I can't wait until April for her to get home.

My dad lives in Georgia so I don't get to see him very often. (Update: my dad passed away on December 5, 2015.) He will be missed terribly. He was my hero.

Other Information:
I am 55 and before I leave this world I want to be able to look in a mirror and see someone who is beautiful and someone with whom I am totally happy with.

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    Good morning everyone. I hope everyone stays warm today and has a blessed day.
    370 days ago
    Hi everyone! My mom just joined Spark and I think she is getting a little overwhelmed. If you want to friend her her user name is mmorris0 (zero)
    371 days ago
    Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog "Hope Stealers or Hope Instillers". I pray that God will continue to encourage you in your journey of faith. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you!

    God bless!

    373 days ago
    Blueboots must be a VERY Purdy kit kat!!! My kit kat name is Isabella but we call her Izzy. Shes a rescue. She was 11 .months old when she picked me out. I was ONLY looking at ORANGE cats. Ive always wanted one,,, somehow though this has been my intention for the past 3 kitties. Two of them were rescues.

    Love you being determined. That'll as you know take you along way!! WOOOHOO ur doing very well!!
    375 days ago
    Hi Debbie,,,, I've read through ur page. Growing up as an army brat must of been hard. During my elementary years I moved some with Mom ending up with 3 different ones. That was hard,,,, my Jr and Sr years were with all the kids I knew. We lived in the same house from age 11,,, 12??? I kn in Jr and Sr high,,, it's usually clicky. I know for those of us who had been friends for many years had it easy. I though remember when I moved part way through grade 1,,,,, the STUPID teacher had me stand in front of the class,,, I was very, very thin,,,,my Mom never wanted me to grow up,,,so she picked out the babyish clothes she could find,,,, the teacher asked the class who wanted to be my friend. NO ONE raised their hand!!, On her asking the 3rd a girl finally did. No one liked her,,,, we became best friends. I never forgot how that felt. In Jr, Sr high I was popular enough. So when I saw someone new at school,, I always said hi,,, if they were in my class I made SURE they weren't made fun of,, helped them to fit in...make friends. I can't imagine what it must of been like for you!! Kids can be SO CRUEL!!!

    I'm also disabled. Was in a car accident that we somehow walked away alive. It still amazes me we did. I did return to work after some time, but I kept getting worse and worse,, I was in management,,,, they really liked me, so they agreed I could cut back my hrs. Eventually they told me they could see how much I loved it there, but it was easy to see it was to much. I went onto disability. The pain,,as I'm sure you know ever so well kept me from being as active as I had always been. The weight went from 120 up to my all time high of 288!!! The back pain was severe. I lost my ability to walk. Not sure about you?

    Finally I had a very nice, but strict, tell it as it is back Dr. He took put a skeleton,,, showed me how my weight was bending my spine around,,, I was born with scoliosis,,, they knew the moment I was born,,, so he explained these were the reasons I was so badly off. Told me right out,,, I COULD EASILY make myself better,,, dieting. I had of course known I was very heavy. The weekend before that I saw someone who knew a friend and I. She called me Karen, I said No I'm Diane. She replied "Oh u both look exactly alike." I was so ANGRY!!! I've known Karen since I was 13,,, she was always much heavier than the rest of us. At this time she was very heavy,,, I knew what that friend meant,,, I was as heavy as Karen,,,, it upset me to no end. So hearing from the Dr and her,,, I at ONCE went on a diet. Encouraged Karen to join me,,,she refused. Within 6 months I had lost 30 lbs. I DID feel better,,,what you are hearing is TRUE. As I lost more,,, I regained thankfully my ability to walk!!! Wasn't before long I was walking a mile!! Than 2!!! I started to have many problems with my feet,,, to date I've have had 20 surgeries,,, for the past yr and a half it's been a nightmare,,,,haven't been able to walk other than my apartment,, hopefully we are near the end of this. R u able to walk at all? If so why not join me by starting at a walk of 3 minutes,,for those of us who aren't used to walking for exercise, this is AWESOME!! From there I'll add in 2-3 more minutes every 3 days. When this becomes impossible,,, I'll stay at that amount of time until I can walk breathing easier. Than I'll start to slowly increAse again. By the end of the month I hope I'll be at 20 minutes. I'll do it daily. Hopefully the end of 2 months I'll be 30 or more minutes. I'll keep going. With my feet being so bad,, the Dr probably will limit me as in the past,, to 15 minutes at a time,,,,I will keep pressing him as long as I'm not breaking more bones,,, developing ulcers,,, which happens easily. I want to get back up to an hrs a day. Even if it's four times a day at 15 minutes. Hey if we try,,,and do even a little more at a time,, it's PROGRESS!!! Please don't allow anyone especially urself to discourage you, laugh at you etc,,,, hold dearly in ur heart,,, mind,,, as in. yesterday I didn't walk at all,, the 3 minutes I did today is WONDERFUL and I'm WORTH IT!! I will keep improving,,, long term I WILL feel much better,,, short term,,, I'm SO PROUD of myself!! I'm doing MUCH better than I did 6 (or where you started)months ago!! U need to be ur biggest cheer leader. Once you start to see progress or right off,,, have those around you who are SUPPORTIVE , NOT anyone who's at ALL negative,,, help you along. Many on Sparks don't have anyone in their life who is,,, we DO understand,,, blog,,, blog,, blog,,, read other blogs,,,pages as u r,,CONGRATS on this!! U will have or already do,, A LOT of friends, those years of moving,, not having it easy as some with long term friends,,,is in the past!!! I've met many n here,,, some from when I was new 4 years ago,,,, they are true friends. Some I've met in person. I'm fortunate to be a leader on a very active team,,, there are 6 leaders,,, 3 of us have formed a very tight bond. We keep in touch also by phone. One, MaryAnn,,, Maryanngi,,, and I talk daily,,, she lives in New Hampshire, I'm in Maine. She and her H love coming down,,, it's wicked FUN!!

    Let me know where ur at on this journey. It's a long, but THRILLING journey,,, some bumps along the way,, it's through these bumps that we learn.
    376 days ago
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